Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Stratfor reported an almost unbelievable "sitrep" this afternoon:
About 400,000 Mexican police officers are under investigation by the Attorney General's Office for corruption and suspected links to organized crime, La Jornada reported June 26, citing government sources. Most of the officers are from Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Baja California, Guerrero, Michoacan, Mexico and the federal district.
Yes, you read that right. Four hundred thousand Mexican police officers are under investigation "by the Attorney General's Office."
To put this into context, there are a bit more than 670,000 total sworn police officers -- corrupt and otherwise -- in the United States, a substantially larger country.
Naturally, I have a couple of questions.
How many people does the Attorney General's Office have at its disposal to investigate these 400,000 allegedly corrupt officers?
How many Mexican police officers are not under investigation?
Inquiring minds want to know.
You've overlooked one more remarkable angle here:
Estimated populations (according to Wikipedia): Mexico 109 million, USA 302 million
Number of police officers: Mexico at least 400,000 (corrupt), USA 670,000 (corrupt and non-corrupt)
Even if the 400,000 corrupt Mexican cops are all the cops that country has, that translates to about one (corrupt) cop for every 272.5 Mexicans - as opposed to one cop for every 451 Americans. And the Left accuses America of being a police state?